The idea of being able to become invisible, especially by simply covering up a person or an object with a special cloak, has a perennial appeal in science-fiction and fantasy literature.
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=21363 | 27 Jan 2011
Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Germany have created a new synthetic hybrid material with a mineral content of...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=26871 | 16 Mar 2013
From shells to bones, the skeletons of organisms contain small amounts of
impurity elements such as magnesium. Because the levels of these elements provide
important clues to past...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=8449 | 1 Nov 2008
Sea urchins dig themselves hiding holes in the limestone of the ocean floor
using teeth that don’t go blunt. Weizmann Institute scientists have now revealed
their secrets, which might give...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=11287 | 4 May 2009
Single crystals of the mineral calcite -- the chief material in limestone
-- are predictable, homogeneous and, well, a little boring. But scientists have
long marveled at how biological...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=14869 | 30 Nov 2009
This video shows the behavior of a newly cleaved calcite crystal that reconstructs when exposed to air. The Cypher AFM from Asylum Research captures this action by rapidly scanning the surface of the...
This movie was taken on the Cypher ES Environmental AFM from Asylum Instruments using blueDrive photothermal excitation.
Point defects on calcite, imaged in water by the Cypher AFM from Asylum Research.
This interesting video shows the behaviour of freshly cleaved calcite which reconstructs upon exposure to humid air. The action was captured with a Cypher AFM from Asylum Research that rapidly scans...
The teeth and bones of mammals, the protective shells of mollusks, and the
needle-sharp spines of sea urchins and other marine creatures are made-from-scratch
wonders of nature.
Used to crush...
http://www.azonano.com/news.aspx?newsID=8353 | 28 Oct 2008